Monday, January 21, 2013
Warmth from Grandshire Farm
I have been purchasing my herb plants from Connie Hanson from Grand Shire Farm in Rockford, MI for many years. She has a regular spot at the Fulton St. Farmers Market in Grand Rapids, MI in the spring. She sells the 6,000 herbs and heirloom tomato plants grown in the greenhouse on her 10 acre property. Her gardens are chemical-free and home to six beehives. She also sells honey.
I was pleased to see Connie at the market this winter which is open on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. She had a busy summer! After the spring herb sales she started dehydrating Michigan vegetables, fruits, and herbs and has created several soups and teas for sale this winter. Warmth just in time! The soups come in 12 ounce packages; there are 14 kinds. Many can be served by just cooking them in water for 8 one-cup servings of soup. For some soups, you could also add your own cooked meat, and for the minestrone, diced tomatoes are added. I call it Michigan Fast Food! The 5 types of teas come in 3 ounce packages; 1 teaspoon can be used per cup of tea.
Connie also does lectures at the Frederik Meijer gardens, Pierce-Cedar Creek Institute, Red Hat clubs, and garden clubs. She offers a newsletter and wrote a book called Herbs: Recipes, Crafts, and Gifts from Grand Shire Farm.